Off to Rock Lake Pool

Times were different in 1964—and so was the area in South Charleston known as Rock Lake. After parking the car, I would walk under the railroad tracks through the tunnel. It was always cooler inside the...

The “Cheers” of the West Side

Around the age of 10, my family and I moved to Woodland Drive on the West Side of Charleston. My next-door neighbor was Mike Smithers. His parents were Charlie Bob and Rosie, and they owned The Smokehouse, an...